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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Goldsmith Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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Oliver Goldsmith earned instant acclaim when he published The Vicar of Wakefield, a marvelous mixture of burlesque and satire.

The simple village vicar, Mr. Primrose, is living with his wife and six children in complete tranquility until unexpected calamities force them to weather one hilarious adventure after another. Goldsmith plays out this classic comedy of manners with a light, ironic touch that is irresistibly charming. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 2/10/2014

    " The Vicar endures many trials, many hardships in varying forms but perseveres. Tale is a bit drawn out but quite ok, in general a good story but not one I'll read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serena | 2/5/2014

    " A pretty cute book. But I have to say, I treated this as a comedy and didn't take the story too seriously. It's really entertaining though. I thought the Vicar's sermons were very cute too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 1/29/2014

    " Much, much funnier and easier to read than you think it is going to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/4/2014

    " A very funny look at family life in the eighteenth century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/17/2013

    " This book makes Pollyanna look like a pessimist! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxine | 11/21/2013

    " Oh dear, very dated, but I can understand it's popularity in its day. Comical in places, preachy in others and overall a bit silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 11/19/2013

    " If Jane Austen wrote the Book of Job, this is probably what it would sound like. Kind of awesome, but a little sad and extreme at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 11/16/2013

    " A truly fun classic! Love Goldsmith's humor and the Vicar's passionate protest against the Draconian prison system of the time. Goldsmith was said to be a dolt in conversation (per the Johnsonian crowd) but once he took up a pen, look out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cydney | 9/28/2013

    " Published in 1766, The Vicar of Wakefield is a soap opera, with political and philosophical rantings. Kind of fun. I'm glad I've read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Baker | 8/31/2013

    " A good, didactic Victorian novel in which virtue is rewarded and vice leads to degradation and premature death. A good read when you're feeling up to simple morality and robust syntax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 6/22/2013

    " Amusing, funny characters, interesting, quotable, fantastical in plot... I love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Graboske | 4/25/2013

    " There's a reason this is a classic--entertaining, even exciting. Hilarious description of the family's overblown portrait by a traveling limner, just wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/20/2013

    " That crazy seminar paper on Fanny Hill was also on this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louis Dirigible | 4/17/2013

    " very cute. i'll give it that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Webcowgirl | 8/18/2012

    " Primarily a narrative linking various essays on religion, morality and politics. I found it preposterous at times and dull at others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 7/6/2012

    " It felt unintentionally hilarious which considerably heightened my enjoyment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit Harrison | 6/14/2012

    " Sort of a goofy story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 4/14/2012

    " More layers than....a lasagne? The fairly simple narrative allows for the development of an intricately crafted exploration of eighteenth century politics, philosophy and society. Also, highly humorous at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 10/23/2011

    " I tried to read the whole thing but the book bored me in such a powerful way I just flat decided to put it down. I'm sure this was a gripping read at some historical point in time but it is a time, apparently, I have little or no affinity for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 7/8/2011

    " A riches to rags story with a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 4/13/2011

    " Love it!



    .....and chose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but for such qualities as would wear well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 3/15/2011

    " I find that I prefer satire in short story rather than in novel. This book was a pain to read maybe in part because I had to answer many questions about it for a college class. The things that happened in it were just too unbelievable and it dragged in places. I was so glad to be finished with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/9/2011

    " I think this book was fine, though its unfinished ending drives me nuts! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louis | 2/20/2011

    " very cute. i'll give it that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atina | 2/19/2011

    " This book is a charming 18th century novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hank | 2/7/2011

    " Charming, expressive, comical, heart-warming; how Goldsmith could turn a phrase - a delight to the senses. But ever present was the great English class divide; such a gulf between the haves and the have-nots. But perserverance prevales and faith in God unpins the life in misery or joy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manday | 11/20/2010

    " I understand that this book is a big joke, but there it is just not amusing enough in the end to be worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerri | 11/2/2010

    " A lot of this went over my head. I mean the main character just reminded me of Job from the bible. Everything that could go wrong just kept happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/1/2010

    " old old old book, but full of satire, irony etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/8/2010

    " The style of this book reminded me very strongly of Candide by Voltaire (though this was much more wholesome). I wonder if all books written in the 1700s come across sounding so stupid? "

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About the Author
Author Oliver GoldsmithOLIVER GOLDSMITH (1731–1774), Irish-born poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist, was noted for his graceful and lively writing style and for being a member of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s literary circle.
About the Narrator

Patrick Tull (1941–2006), born in the United Kingdom, was a multitalented actor of the stage, screen, and television, as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He acted in numerous American television shows from 1962 to 1996, including Crossroads, and he had roles in six Broadway plays between 1967 and 1992, including Amadeus. His film credits from 1969 to 1996 included roles as Cecil in Parting Glances and Jerry the bartender in Sleepers. He served as narrator for the television series Sea Tales. He narrated nearly forty audiobooks, and his readings of The Canterbury Tales, The Letter of Marque, Monk’s Hood, The Vicar of Wakefield, and How Green Was My Valley each earned him an AudioFile Earphones Award. His narration of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels was praised by novelist Stephen King as among his ten favorite audiobooks of 2006.